Shank, Antarctica and Permanent Residence – movies

Let’s see how this flows…

Here are a few “watch em if ya have the time” movies.

A lighter look at queer life is uncovered in Antarctica, a sexy, wry comedy from acclaimed director/writer Yair Hochner (The Good Boys).

Miki likes Ronen. Ronen likes Omer. Omer likes Danny. Danny likes Boaz. Michal likes Shirley and Boaz likes everyone. But is anyone really feeling that spark, the spark that thaws a frozen heart? In this world, love can be anything: complicated, controversial, bold, or hilarious. So one question remains: is love really dead, or are we just looking in all the wrong places?

Shank is a very violent British film that plays, at times, like a hybrid of A Clockwork Orange andTrainspotting – with maybe a little bit of Larry Clark’s Kids and Bullythrown in for good measure. This bunch likes to film their assaults on cellphones, in much the same way that Cal has all of his tricks film his sex acts. The senseless brutality of the gay bashing is amplified by the use of a handheld video camera that adds an unbearable documentary realism to the scene. The violence throughout Shank is often almost unwatchable; there is a rape scene that is shocking in its savagery. The antics of our gang are a little over the top but I believe that was the filmmakers’ intention because their mischief stands out in stark contrast with the loving relationship that develops between Cal and Olivier, the kid who was bashed.

Permanent Residence examines the limit of life.  The film explores the near true-life story of a young Chinese man (said to be a semi-autobiography of the film’s writer/producer), who seeks a long-term relationship with a straight friend. The friend is aware of his inclination, and is happy to befriend him, but is very reluctant to express open affection for him or to become emotionally involved.

excerpts found on the web.

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